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  • SEAN PENN in Conversation

    February 19th, 2018

    SEAN PENN in Conversation

    Start Date: Tuesday 4/10/2018 — End Date: Tuesday 4/10/2018
    Admission:$42 includes book

    The Osher Marin JCC’s Literary Café presents
    SEAN PENN in Conversation
    Tuesday, April 10, 2018: 7:30pm
    In Association with Book Passage

    Actor, filmmaker, and political activist Sean Penn, discusses his most recent endeavor and first novel. “Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff’ is a scorching, darkly funny novel about Bob Honey—a modern American man, entrepreneur, and part-time assassin.

    Location: 200 N San Pedro Rd. San Rafael

    Contact: Linda lbolt@marinjcc.org
    URL: http://www.marinjcc.org/penn

    Peter Rowan’s Twang & Groove featuring Bobby Bla

    February 19th, 2018

    Peter Rowan’s Twang & Groove featuring Bobby Black

    Start Date: Saturday 4/7/2018 — End Date: Saturday 4/7/2018
    Admission:$25 - $35

    Two Amazing Music Legends take the stage
    PETER ROWAN’s Twang & Groove
    Featuring Bobby Black
    The Kanbar Center for the Performing Arts at the Osher Marin JCC
    Saturday, April 7, 2018: 8pm
    Grammy-award winning Peter Rowan returns to the Center with a collaboration of bluegrass luminaries featuring Bobby Black on pedal steel. An evening offering 2 legends with fabulous original and traditional bluegrass music and vibrant harmonies.

    WHAT: A glorious evening of bluegrass, Americana, roots & more with “PETER ROWAN’S Twang & Groove featuring Bobby Black.” with Paul Knight on bass & Ken Owen on drums.

    SEATING: Reserved Table: $30/$35 General Admission: $25/$30

    WHEN: Sat. April 7 @ 8:00 ~ Doors @ 7:30.

    WHERE: The Osher Marin JCC, 200 N San Pedro Rd, San Rafael, 1/2 mile E off 101

    PARKING: Ample FREE on-site parking.

    CONCESSIONS: Beer, Wine, Peets Coffee, Numi Teas and a variety of snacks and freshly baked goods available for purchase and allowed in hall. No table service

    Location: 200 N San Pedro Rd, San Rafael

    Contact: Linda lbolt@marinjcc.org
    URL: http://www.marinjcc.org/rowan

    Aki Kumar’s Bollywood Blues

    February 18th, 2018

    Aki Kumar’s Bollywood Blues

    Start Date: Saturday 3/24/2018 — End Date: Saturday 3/24/2018
    Admission:$20/Advance, $25/Day of Show

    Aki Kumar, the “Bombay Blues Man”, brings together some of the Bay Area’s finest blues musicians to present his extraordinary fusion of Chicago Blues and Bollywood tunes for a special one-night-only appearance in Alameda.

    Living half his life in India – growing up on Bollywood films and studying classical Hindustani music – and half his life on the West Coast – discovering his love for the blues, Aki Kumar has blended these genres to create his own musical realm: Mumbai Meets Muddy. Today, Aki is hailed as one of the top rising stars of the West Coast Blues scene. Don’t miss it!

    Location: 2513 Blanding Ave Alameda

    Contact: Tina Blaine info@rhythmix.org
    URL: http://www.rhythmix.org/events/aki-kumars-bollywood-blues/

    Aki Kumar’s Bollywood Blues

    February 18th, 2018

    Aki Kumar’s Bollywood Blues

    Start Date: Saturday 3/24/2018 — End Date: Saturday 3/24/2018
    Admission:$20/Advance, $25/Day of Show

    Aki Kumar, the “Bombay Blues Man”, brings together some of the Bay Area’s finest blues musicians to present his extraordinary fusion of Chicago Blues and Bollywood tunes for a special one-night-only appearance in Alameda.

    Living half his life in India – growing up on Bollywood films and studying classical Hindustani music – and half his life on the West Coast – discovering his love for the blues, Aki Kumar has blended these genres to create his own musical realm: Mumbai Meets Muddy. Today, Aki is hailed as one of the top rising stars of the West Coast Blues scene. Don’t miss it!

    Location: 2513 Blanding Ave Alameda

    Contact: Rhythmix Cultural Works info@rhythmix.org
    URL: http://www.rhythmix.org/events/aki-kumars-bollywood-blues/

    Island City Waterways

    February 16th, 2018

    Island City Waterways

    Start Date: Saturday 5/19/2018 — End Date: Sunday 5/20/2018
    Admission:free

    Rhythmix Cultural Works presents Island City Waterways, a site-specific public art event that animates Alameda’s past and present through music, dance, theater, storytelling, and more. A cast of forty actors, dancers, and musicians leads audiences on an easy stroll around Crab Cove, Crown Memorial State Beach for a 75-minute performance that brings to vibrant life the Cove’s rich history and celebrates the sea.

    Carnies and bathing beauties start the show off with a walk down Memory Lane, back to the Roaring Twenties when the area was the home of Neptune Beach, an amusement park with extravagant public baths. Then, following a drum corps, audiences visit “Glory of the Seas,” a WWII-era maritime officer training station, where they will join the trainees for drills. Ryujin the Dragon Queen spins a tale of ecological warning on the shores of the first estuary marine reserve in California, established in 1980. And finally, Japanese taiko drummers, Balinese gamelan performers, musicians, and contemporary dancers take to the beach for a dazzling ‘Island to Island’ finale that pays tribute to our shared waters and the global community’s efforts to protect them.

    Island City Waterways features actors Ed Holmes and Bob Ernst, Epiphany Productions, Maze Daiko, Gamelan Sekar Jaya, the Prescott School Stilt Walkers, and guest artists Mark Izu and Brenda Wong Aoki. Created by Janet Koike, directed by Jeff Raz, written by Ed Holmes, and choreographed by Kim Epifano, Island City Waterways is presented in association with East Bay Regional Parks District.

    Island City Waterways is supported in part by generous grants from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Fleishhacker Foundation, and The MacPherson Fund.

    WHAT: Island City Waterways—A site-specific, outdoor performance that brings to vibrant life the rich history of Crab Cove, Crown Memorial State Beach in Alameda and celebrates the sea

    DATES: Saturday and Sunday, May 19 & 20, 2018

    TIMES: Four performances each day at 10am, 11:45am, 1:30pm, and 3:15pm

    WHERE: Crab Cove Visitor Center, Crown Memorial State Beach, Alameda, CA

    COST: FREE (advance pre-registration is recommended)

    INFO
    & REGISTER: islandcitywaterways.org

    Location: Crab Cove Park,1231 McKay Ave Alameda

    Contact: Gabriele von Ingersleben voningersleben@yahoo.com
    URL: http://www.rhythmix.org/event

    Next To Normal

    February 16th, 2018

    Next To Normal

    Start Date: Friday 4/20/2018 — End Date: Sunday 4/29/2018
    Admission:$20-$25

    This Pulitzer Prize rock musical centers on what appears to be a typical American family: Dad’s an architect; Mom rushes to pack lunches and pour cereal; their daughter and son are bright, wise-cracking teens. And yet their lives are anything but normal. Its story concerns a mother who struggles with worsening bipolar disorder and the effects that her illness and the attempts to alleviate it have on her family. Next to Normal takes audiences into the minds and hearts of each character, presenting their family’s story with love, sympathy and heart as they experience the highs and lows and “miss the mountains.”

    Location: 351 RAILROAD AVE # 200 Pittsburg

    Contact: California Theatre Theatre info@pittsburgcaliforniatheatre.com
    URL: http://www.pittsburgcaliforniatheatre.com/

    Visiting Artists and Scholars Lecture: Xiaoyu We

    February 14th, 2018

    Visiting Artists and Scholars Lecture: Xiaoyu Weng

    Start Date: Tuesday 4/3/2018 — End Date: Tuesday 4/3/2018
    Admission:Free

    Visiting Artists and Scholars lecture
    Xiaoyu Weng is the Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Associate Curator of Chinese Art at the Guggenheim Museum, New York City. She recently curated, with Hou Hanru, the exhibition Tales of Our Time at the Guggenheim that features new commissioned works by seven artists and groups from China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. Previously, she served as the founding director of the Kadist Art Foundation’s Asia Programs, Paris and San Francisco. There, she launched the Kadist Curatorial Collaboration, which organizes exhibitions that stimulate cultural exchange, and she also oversaw artist residencies and the building of the contemporary Asian art collection. She has also worked as program director of the Asian Contemporary Art Consortium in San Francisco and as a curator at the Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts at the California College of the Arts (CCA). She was honored by Art in General in New York as the Visionary Curator of the year 2016.

    Educated at the Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA) in Beijing and the CCA in San Francisco, she has organized exhibitions and public programs for venues including the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco; CAFA Art Museum, Beijing; Guangdong Times Museum, Guangzhou; Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai; University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive; Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam; and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco.

    She is a contributing editor of Leap, a bilingual magazine dedicated to contemporary art from China. Her essay “Working with Archive” won the Artforum Critical Writing Award in 2011. Her writing also appears in prominent art periodicals, books, and exhibition catalogues, including those published for the 2012 Gwangju Biennial, 2012 Shenzhen Sculpture Biennial, and 2013 Auckland Triennial.

    About VAS
    The Visiting Artists and Scholars Lecture Series (VAS) provides a public forum for engagement and dialogue with major figures in international contemporary art and culture. Through lectures, screenings, and performances, the series creates intimate connections between SFAI, artists, and the public.

    Free and open to all.

    Location: San Francisco Art Institute (Osher Lecture Hall), 800 Chestnut Street San Francisco

    Contact: Christopher Squier csquier@sfai.edu
    URL: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/visiting-artists-and-scholars-lecture-xiaoyu-weng-tickets-42679554697?a

    Visiting Artists and Scholars Lecture: Gala Porr

    February 14th, 2018

    Visiting Artists and Scholars Lecture: Gala Porras-Kim

    Start Date: Tuesday 3/20/2018 — End Date: Tuesday 3/20/2018
    Admission:Free

    Visiting Artists and Scholars lecture
    Gala Porras-Kim (b. Bogotá, Colombia, 1984) lives and works in Los Angeles. Her work questions the social and political contexts that influence the representation of language and history. The work comes from a research-based practice that aims to consider how intangible things, such as sounds, language and history, have been represented through different methodologies in the fields of linguistics, history and conservation. She received an MFA from CalArts and an MA in Latin American Studies from UCLA. Recent work has been shown at LACMA, Seoul City Museum, Whitney Museum, Hammer Museum’s Made in LA, the Los Angeles Public Art Biennial. She has received awards from Artadia and Rema Hort Mann in 2017, Joan Mitchell Foundation in 2016, Creative Capital and Tiffany Foundation in 2015 and a California Community Foundation in 2013.

    About VAS
    The Visiting Artists and Scholars Lecture Series (VAS) provides a public forum for engagement and dialogue with major figures in international contemporary art and culture. Through lectures, screenings, and performances, the series creates intimate connections between SFAI, artists, and the public.

    Free and open to all.

    Location: San Francisco Art Institute (Osher Lecture Hall), 800 Chestnut Street San Francisco

    Contact: Chritopher Squier csquier@sfai.edu
    URL: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/visiting-artists-and-scholars-lecture-gala-porras-kim-tickets-424784030

    #LoveOurIsland Art Walk: Radical Beauty, Part 1

    February 14th, 2018

    #LoveOurIsland Art Walk: Radical Beauty, Part 1

    Start Date: Friday 3/9/2018 — End Date: Friday 3/9/2018
    Admission:free

    Organized by Rhythmix Cultural Works in partnership with the Downtown Alameda Business Association and the City of Alameda, the #LoveOurIsland Art Walk is a two?year initiative that temporarily places art in empty storefront windows on and around the city’s Park Street business corridor. Live musical performances will accompany each window at opening events held during regularly scheduled Second Friday Art Walks. Support for the project is generously provided by the California Arts Council.
    About the Artists

    Jennifer Brandon lives and works in San Francisco. In 2007, she received her MFA at Mills College, preceded by an MA in 2005 and BA in 2004 in Art at California State University, Northridge, as well as a BA in 1997 in English Literature at San Francisco State University. Brandon’s work has been shown at Bay Area venues including the Mills College Art Museum, Stephen Wirtz Gallery, Headlands Center for the Arts, Swarm Gallery, Pro Arts Gallery and The San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art. Residencies, awards and fellowships include The Rayko Artist in Residence, The Herringer Prize for Excellence in Studio Art and The Catherine Morgan Trefethen Fellowship in Art.

    Angela Hennessy is an Oakland-based interdisciplinary artist and Associate Professor at California College of the Arts, where she teaches courses on visual and cultural narratives of death and contemporary textile theory. She leads workshops and lectures nationally. Recent talks and performances include Death Salon Seattle, University of Cincinnati, CTRL+SHIFT Artists Collective, You’re Going to Die, IDEO/Reimagine End of Life, Disclose Silence: We See Violence and Dead Black at Nook Gallery. Last fall her work was featured in a solo exhibition When and where I enter at Southern Exposure and in the recent publication Fray: Textile Art and Politics by Julia Bryan Wilson.

    Students from Associate Professor Brody Reiman’s Installations class at UC Berkeley. Reiman works as half of the collaborative team castaneda/reiman, whose work has been shown at SFMOMA, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, the Oakland Museum of CA, DCKT Contemporary (NY), Baer Ridgway Exhibitions, Second Street Gallery (VA) and Stephen Wirtz Gallery, among others. Her Installations class explores the nature and meaning of site-specific work in the context of contemporary art practice.

    Location: Park Street Alameda

    Contact: Rhythmix Cultural Works info@rhythmix.org
    URL: http://www.rhythmix.org/love-our-island-art-walk/

    Last Friday Laughs: Live Stand-Up Comedy Show

    February 14th, 2018

    Last Friday Laughs: Live Stand-Up Comedy Show

    Start Date: Friday 2/23/2018 — End Date: Friday 2/23/2018
    Admission:FREE

    February 23rd at 9pm, we’ve got another night of live comedy for FREE at Swiss Park Bar & Grille! The show features some of California’s best and brightest up and coming comedians, including comics who have appeared in clubs and on television, such as Comedy Central, FOX, NBC and more. This month’s headliner is Fred Reiss (from the Laugh Factory, Rooster T Feathers, Comedy Day), so come out to a show that has no cover, no annoying drink minimums, just hilarious comedians ready to make you laugh! The show typically is at full capacity, so reserve your tickets today with the ‘Book Now’ button on the ‘Last Friday Laughs Comedy’ facebook page!

    Location: 5911 Mowry Avenue Newark

    Contact: Noah Gain noahgaincomedy@gmail.com
    URL: https://www.facebook.com/LastLaughFridaysComedy/